Work Comp Tip

We have discussed before how important the doctor’s records are to your work injury case.

So try this tip to make sure that the records are helpful and accurate.

Ask the nurse, physician’s assistant, or doctor to read back to you what you tell them about how your injury happened and what problems you are having.

This will not take very long and it will help your case immensely.

Many doctors’s offices will not change the records at a later date.

Having the provider go over the history at the time of the appointment gives you the chance to have them change the notes right away.

It may make the difference between winning and losing.

Questions about your Workers’ Compensation case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

How to Testify at Your Hearing

The key to testifying at any court hearing, whether it be Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation, is to be believable.

The Judge has to decide if you are making sense in light of the medical records, injury reports, and doctors’ testimony.

You will need to get an idea of the questions you will be asked at the hearing.

You should contact your attorney to discuss the areas of questioning and why the questions are being asked.

This will help you prepare for your court hearing.

Make sure to practice at home so you will be ready for big day.

People may error in the excess, such as testifying that they are always in pain and can do nothing at all. Others will testify that they are better than they really are and can do all kinds of activities.

Neither extremes are believable.

What the Judge wants to know is what happens on a typical day. You may also testify about what happens on bad days and better days. Be prepared to give an estimate of the number of bad and better days that you experience.

Additional witnesses or letters of support may also support your testimony.

Questions about how to make your case more believable? Feel free to contact Illinois Work injury and Social Security Disability attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Work Comp Return to Work and What to Do

When you are close to finishing your medical treatment and ready to return to work you should set up a meeting with your doctor.

At the appointment show your doctor your job description and your work requirements regarding lifting, standing, walking, reaching and use of your hands.

The purpose is to let your doctor know what you are facing at work, and to have the doctor’s opinion of whether you need any restrictions.

Ask for any limitations to be put in writing so you may provide them to your employer.

Make sure that you do not settle your case until you have returned to work for several weeks.

This will allow you to test yourself and determine if you are ready for full duty work.

In the event you have any nagging problems go back to your doctor as soon as possible to address them before you settle your case.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.